Pretexts and Contexts of Drama 1 (DRA1010)

30 credits

This module will introduce you to the analysis of live and recorded performance, an essential skill in theatre studies. Each week we will be investigating a key analytical question that can be asked of theatre and performance (eg. ‘how does theatre create meaning?’, ‘how does an audience experience a performance?’, ‘for whose benefit is theatre made?’). And we will introduce the theoretical approaches and methods that allow you to develop answers to these questions, from semiotics to feminism, postcolonialism to queer theory, covering some of the key debates in theatre studies.

By the end of this module, you will be able to critically analyse a variety of theatrical and performance practices, and their relationship to different cultural, economic, historical and political contexts, using a range of analytical tools.